Review: Gone — Michael Grant

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71. The Truth About Delilah Blue — Tish Cohen
72. Onstage, Offstage — Michael Buble
73. Various Positions — Martha Schabas
74. Flesh and Blood — Michael Cunningham
75. True Evil — Greg Iles
76. Gone — Michael Grant

In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. Gone.

Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents — unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers — that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen and war is imminent.

I don’t have a whole lot of time to do this review, because I’ve got to eat dinner and then head out to work, but here’s the nitty gritty.

I bought Gone a couple of years ago at a school book auction, just on impulse, and never got around to reading it until now. Seeing as it had been two years between then and now, I didn’t expect to like it all that much.

I was pleasantly surprised: Gone is brilliant. One reviewer has suggested it would be like if Stephen King had written Lord of the Flies, and I think that’s a pretty accurate account. It’s definitely very LOTF-ish, but much better written and utterly captivating. (Let me just put it this way: I had every intention of working on my essay this afternoon. I read the last 300 pages of Gone instead.)

I fully intend to read the rest of the series when I’m not pressed for time (I’m two days behind on this challenge now, which is no good). I suggest you all read Gone, and I’m sure you’ll feel the same way I do!

Next book: One of my many loaners. I feel obliged to read them quickly and return them to their owners. ;D

– Kelsey

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